Voters head to the polls for several primaries across the state today. Three Republicans are looking to challenge Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in November. As YNN’s Nick Reisman explains, Wendy Long, Bob Turner, and George Maragos are getting some last minute support.
NEW YORK -- The three-way campaign for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination is winding down, with candidates stocking up high-profile endorsements and making their final cases for why they're best suited to take on incumbent Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.
Lawyer and judicial activist Wendy Long scored the backing of 2010 GOP gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino on Sunday.
“She's by far head and shoulders over anyone that I know might be considered for that office and I'm proud to endorse her today,” said Carl Paladino, a Buffalo developer.
Congressman Bob Turner has countered with perhaps the biggest catch, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who recorded an automated get out the vote call. Turner has sought to take a more moderate approach in the campaign.
“If anything gets done we're going to have to talk it. I'm not going into the negotiations and I don't think any Republican should say this is how it's going to be. We're going to stagnate, nothing's going to happen,” said Turner.
The third candidate is Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos, who has been campaigning the longest, for more than a year. After Long and Turner entered the race in February and March respectively, support dropped away from Maragos.
“If you want to grow the economy, you want to put people back to work, if you want to increase government tax revenues, you actually have to do the opposite. You have to reduce income tax, corporate tax and reduce regulations to grow the economy,” said Maragos.
Long, meanwhile, has positioned herself as the primary's most conservative candidate. It's a strategy that could play well in a primary, but backfire in a general election in Democratic-heavy New York.
“What I would bring to this is a faithfulness to the constitution and the scheme of limited of government that it represents. We are being crush by Washington and by Kirsten Gillibrand and I think that the citizens of New York need lower taxes and less spending. They need us to reduce the debt and less spending and they need us to follow the constitution,” said Long.